Renfrewshire bus service providing school coaches goes into liquidation

A Renfrewshire bus service has gone into liquidation, creating potential disruption for schools.

Gibson Direct Ltd, based in Renfrew, held a number of contracts to supply the hire of coaches to football supporters clubs and school coaches to councils, as well as the hire of wedding coaches and executive coaches.

Operating in Glasgow and across Scotland, the company had a fleet of 50 vehicles and was established in 1996.

However, they proved unable to recover from the Covid-19 lockdowns, which had a significant impact on its business due to it mainly serving school contracts.

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The 25 employees were fired yesterday (Thursday April 6) when the liquidation petition was granted.

Ken Pattullo and Kenny Craig of Begbies Traynor have been appointed joint provisional liquidators of the company.

Mr Pattullo, managing partner of Begbies Traynor in Scotland, said: “Unfortunately, like many other sectors, transport services have suffered from the impact of Covid with multiple closures which have left businesses facing severe periods without income. In particular, Gibson Direct has been badly affected by the repeated withdrawal of school bus services over the past two years when implementing distance learning for children, and this has proven to be too burdensome. heavy burden for the company.

“We are currently in the process of realizing all the assets we can to provide the best return to creditors, as well as liaising with councils and alternative operators to help minimize disruption and cover school bus services .”

The Joint Provisional Liquidators will also assist former staff members by helping them to register any claims with the Severance Pay Office and to access PACE support services.

Melvin Z. Madore